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Severn could be hero or villain on polarisation

As the regulator respon-sible for leading the review of polarisation for the FSA, head of conduct of business David Severn has the potential to become either a champion of IFAs or be demon-ised as the man who scrapped the regime.

It is not an easy decision that Severn must make over the next few months.

The FSA is about to emb-ark on another consultation on the future of the polarisation regime, an exercise which should settle once and for all how financial products are advised upon and distributed.

Known as phase two, the review follows the decision to remove stakeholder pensions and direct-offer products from polarisation in January, which was implemented in April.

A consultation paper is expected in December but it is likely that any changes will not take effect until 2003.

Severn does not monitor the activities of authorised firms. Instead, his role inv-olves developing FSA policy. He is responsible for many of the high-profile projects, such as the polarisation review, which the regulator conducts.

Of all the key regulatory figures, Severn probably brings the most experience to the table. He has been at the FSA since its inception, occupying the same role even though his title has changed.

He was with the PIA from 1994 to 1998 as head of its policy division. While there, he headed the Evolution Project, a review of all the rules governing the retail market.

Severn was with SIB from 1988 as deputy director (retail policy), where he chaired the disclosure taskforce.

He had a brief spell as secretary of the Building Societies&#39 Commission and for several years at the start of his career he was a civil servant in the old Department of Health and Social Security.

Given both this extensive background and his influential role, Severn is one figure that IFAs should keep an eye on.

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